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. >>> same-sex stunner. president obama changes his stance on a law blocking gay marriage. >>> investors have something to celebrate, as well. >>> good morning, everybody. thanks for being with us today. there are new signs this morning that libyan leader, moammar gadhafi, is now losing his 40-year hold on power. the opposition has now taken control in the east. and is vowing to liberate the capital, tripoli. >> meanwhile, president obama has new stands to stop killing his own people. hundreds are dead. and there's protesters still in libya. emily schmidt has the details. >> reporter: good morning to you. americans who are trying to escape libya may not be able to do so. today, the sea waters are simply too rough for their ferries. so, they wait, while the world waits, to see what another day of protests brings. protesters in libya are gaining control. but at huge costs. hundreds killed, while moammar gadhafi forces fire on his own people. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous. and it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people
to the budget laid out by president obama. first impressions from the gop house members are that the budget cuts don't go deep enough. >>> that does it for us. happy valentine's day. we'll see you back here tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. eastern. now over to suzanne malveaux. >>> i'm suzanne malveaux. we want to get you caught up on valentine's day. happy valentine's day to you, february 14th. >>> president obama sent congress his budget plan for 2012 and it calls for spending $3.7 trillion. the white house says the blueprint, this draft, will cut the deficit more than $1 trillion over the next decade. >> when i was sworn in as president, i pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term. the budget i'm proposing today meets that pledge and puts us on a path to pay for what we spend by the middle of the decade. we do this in part by eliminating waste and cutting whatever spending we can do without. as i start, i've called for a freeze on annual domestic spending over the next five years. >> republicans immediately complain that the president is spending too much and cutting too little. bud
obama is at the white house most of this week. he is in miami on friday. in new york, the un secretary general congratulating the secretary -- security council in taking a united stand against libya. slapping sanctions on the libyaan leader, his family, and assisted. the white house is urging the leader to leave as soon as possible. in wisconsin, the budget battle continues. good morning for this sunday, february 27. if you could advise the president to sit down with one person, who would that be? 202-737-0001 our line for republicans and 202-737-0002 for democrats and if you are an independent, the number to call is 202-628-0205. a look at some of the headlines from outside washington. in madison, wisconsin, saturday's gathering the largest so far as 70,000 demonstrated against the budget cuts. the headline is -- the anatomy of a protest. meanwhile, from the pittsburgh post gazette, obama urges gadhafi to quit. many believe the changes could herald a new dawn of a new epoch after centuries of humiliation in the arab world. the "chicago tribune", rahm emanuel prepares to take over as t
. generally high marks for the obama administration during what happened in egypt and as that was playing out, former bush defense secretary paul wolf owe wots says he thinks the u.s. should be providing humanitarian aid support, where does this leave the obama administration? >> i think that the obama add minute strigs is where they've been. they're being very caution here to not get out in front of this too much, to sort of allow it time to play out. but i think on this question of humanitarian aid, when you talk to experts they say that's not really what's needed right now. this is a country that has resources. if you wanted to bring in humanitarian aid, the actual challenge here is one of access. it would be virtually impossible to get resources into the country at this moment. so we'll continue to watch it play out. >> alicia, thank you. carl bernstein, rick lazio, thank you. we have a lot more to talk about this morning. >>> i want to check in on wall street where stocks are plunging and oil prices are soaring on this growing unrest in libya. cnbc's becky quick joins me. what's happenin
as faceless bureaucrats. but we're talking about teachers and nurses and firemen. >> reporter: president obama said yesterday that the wisconsin budget seems like an assault on unions. house speaker john boehner quickly countered saying a president shouldn't attack a governor for tackling the tough, budget problems. vinita and rob? >> emily schmidt, in washington. thanks, emily. >>> arabs are out in force today, despite a government ban on public gatherings in bahrain. protesters are defiant, saying they will bring down the 200-year-old monarchy. >> the white house is chastising the government's violent crackdown on protesters. and urging some restraint. >>> the obama administration is also reaching out to support democracy in egypt, redirecting funds once meant for hosni mubarak's government. >> marches are planned across that country today, to celebrate one week since the end of the mubarak regime. lama hasan joins us, now live, from cairo, by phone, with more. good morning, lama. >> reporter: good morning. tens of thousands have massed in tahrir square, liberation square, for what they're c
♪ >>> this morning on "early today," rethinking reform. the obama administration puts the brakes on calls for a swift leadership change in egypt. >>> texas tragedy, drug violence along the border with mexico claims the lives of at least two u.s. high school students. >>> and handbag heroin, a jewelry store attack is foiled by a purse-wielding woman. >> narrator: this is "early today" for tuesday, february 8th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with compromise in cairo. the united states is reconsidering a push for swift reform in egypt, calling for a slower pace to progress, easing the call for a transition to power and president hosni mubarak to step down. whether egypt protesters accept the timetable for his stepdown remains to be seen. northbound's tracie potts joins us from washington with the latest. >> good morning, everyone. the u.s. is starting to wonder whether mubarak's immediate resignation may not be the best action because it would trigger a new election within 60 days mandatory, and given
, but how far would and could the obama administration go to prevent a full fledged massacre? >>> and a powerful earthquake leaves one of new zealand's largest cities in ruins. dozens are dead, and more may be trapped under crumbled buildings and chunks of concrete. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we fin with a very, very real danger that anti-government protesters in libya could be slaughtered in huge numbers. the strong man moammar gadhafi making it clear today that he won't go down without a fight. eight days into the demonstrations against gadhafi's regime, at least one person in the libyan capital is reported hearing bullets are being fired non-stop. this is the picture gadhafi wants the world to see. we're told libyans were dragged into the street and even offered money to show their support though for gadhafi. and in a rambling speech today, the libyan leader rejected demands that he step down, and he warned that his opponents would pay with their lives. >> translator: whoever cooperate with foreign countries in order to initiate war against libya
czar for the obama administration steven rattner joins us this morning. we had a busy weekend, steve and i. >> yes, you and steve were jet setting -- >> yes. my husband and i took the kids to see "spider-man." it was squarery. if they tighten it, lit be a hit. it was oversensitizing. didn't i walk into the party trembling? >> what made me tremble was watching "meet the press" and congressman schilling, he seems like a nice guy. >> exceedingly nice. >> very nice family man. >> great story, great small business owner. here is the deal, mika. if i'm looking for a doctor and i know i've got cancer, a tumor the size of a grapefruit. >> that's bad. >> i go to the doctor. i have this grapefruit-sized tumor. and we talk. he says, yeah, i'll take it out. then i'll give you my first check as if it was a fee for services for health care. he says, i don't know whether i'm going to cut on you, but i do notice you've got a little rational over here. let me give you some creams and appointment. it's fairly obvious, we've got a tumor, this country. our condition, it's pretty easily diagnosed. raise
it for yourself. >>> and president obama says protesters in egypt have options. you'll hear his latest strategy on the stalemate in the news right now. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm don lemon. the top story, it's now early morning in cairo. pro democracy demonstrators entrenched in tahrir square. listen to that. you can hear it. soldiers fired warning shots over the square when demonstrators began surging toward army tanks. and elsewhere modest signs that life is slowly returning to normal for many egyptians. banks opened for the first time in ten days allowing people and businesses to withdraw cash. >>> president obama talked about democratic reform in egypt. he was asked about the potential role of the muslim brotherhood in a new egyptian government. take a listen to what he said. >> i think the muslim brotherhood is one faction in northern egypt. they don't have the majority support but they are well organized but there are strains of their ideology that are anti-u.s., there's no doubt about it. here's what we have to understand. there are a whole bunch of secular folks in egypt. there are
standoff. president obama appearing to take sides in the debate today, this after the white house tried to distance itself from this dispute last week as governor scott walker lays down a new deadline, warning democrats they have 24 hours left to vote on that budget bill or there will be serious consequences. welcome to "america live" on a monday. i'm megyn kelly. as we center the third week of wisconsin's budget battle, president obama challenging u.s. governors about an hour ago, asking them not to vilify public employees in their efforts to tackle state budget problems. >> i believe that everybody should be prepared to give up something in order to solve our budget challenges and i think most public servants agree with that. democrats and republicans agree with that. in fact, many public employees in your respective states have agreed to cuts, but let me say this, i don't think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated, vilified or rights infringed upon. megyn: wisconsin's governor is refusing to budge in their efforts to save the state from what he says is financ
the why behind this and why the congressional caucus and black caucus are upset about president obama's budget proposals as they stand today. >>> now want to turn to this. a massive sex scandal involving italian prime minister silvio berlusconi is taking a major legal step forward. a judge has ordered berlusconi to stand fliel what could be a quick prosecution with no tribunal or preliminary hearings. nbc's peter alexander is following the story live in london. peter? >> reporter: hey, richard, good morning to you. so all this stems from allegations that berlusconi paid for sex with a 17-year-old nightclub dancer and then tried to cover it up. the italian prime minister who, by the way, is 74, has denied doing anything wrong. he calls the charges disgusting and disgraceful. be very clear, today's indictment is the worst of three possible outcomes for berlusconi. really does, as you note, speed up this entire process. a trial is already set for april 6. consider that, just 50 days away. and a panel will consist of three female judges hearing this case. prosecutors allege that berluscon
. >>> president obama will hold a news conferences at 11:00 a.m. eastern. you can see is here on cnn and likely talk about his 2012 budget unveiled yesterday and cut into many programs but with the aim of getting us at least to hack about a trillion dollars off the budget. >>> this morning, we are talking about your wallet and your world. we are following two major stories. prices are rising. food, clothing and appliances, just about everything you buy is about to cost more. then more protests ripple across the arab world. more violence erupts. two of the targeted regimes are u.s. allies. a third a u.s. foe and all could have a direct bearing on the united states. >>> we begin this hour with developing news just minutes ago, the white house announced that president obama will hold a morning news conference and comes one day after releasing his proposed budget and amid rises tide and protests and violence sweeping through the arab world. we have a preview with cnn's indicate bolduan at the white house. >> we did find out a short time ago that the president will be holding a press conference at 1
to the navy's 5th fleet. >>> president obama and congressional republicans are lining up for a collision over spending. with a government shutdown looming in just over two weeks now. in the house yesterday, republicans advanced a $61 billion spending plan that would finance the government through september. president obama, though, threatened to veto, just hours after calling for some budgetary cooperation. >> this is a matter of everybody having a serious conversation about where we want to go. and then, ultimately, getting in that boat at the same time, so it doesn't tip over. >> i've been inviting the president to have that conversation since we took office two years ago. >> work on that bill moving through the house should be done by friday. but its future is anything but certain in the democratically-controlled senate. >>> your household budget could be facing cutbacks, too. prices for everything from sugar to shoes could be on the rise. and the reasons begin thousands of miles away. emily schmidt is now joining us from washington with more details. good morning, emily. >> reporter: vini
out. go out. >> reporter: president obama issued a written statement saying, we urge the egyptian government to move swiftly to explain the changes. and to spell out in clear and unambiguous language the step-by-step process that will lead to democracy. and that white house statement did not mention president mubarak by name. it continued, though, saying the egyptian people made it clear there's no going back to the way things were. vinita and rob? >> emily schmidt in washington this morning. thank you. >>> after yesterday's developments what is happening on the ground right now? aaron katersky joins us live from cairo. aaron, what are you seeing? >> reporter: good morning. we're on the road to the part of cairo where the presidential palace is located. where president mubarak has been under heavy guard with members of his family, where they heard the speech that enraged people here. on the way, we're seeing empty streets. people are praying at friday prayers. but there's been calls for 21 egyptians to come to the streets. and we're waiting to see how the army responds to the prot
. gloria, the conventional wisdom has it that the government shutdown would help president obama politically, like the one back in '95 helped bill clinton politically. does that conventional wisdom hold in this case given the mood of the country. >> well, you know, at this point, i think what voters voted for is the congress and the president to work together and get something done, wolf, and if you go to the brink on this and you have a government shutdown, sure, perhaps president obama and democrats could benefit a bit from it, but overall, independent voters do not like this brinksmanship. they want it to end. that's what they vote for. you know, when they voted democrats out of office, it wasn't a mandate for the republicans per se. it was a mandate to get something done, so i actually think it's in neither side's interest right now to shut this government down, and it sounds like, if you listen, the leaders of both parties and the president don't want to do it. i think the wild card here, wolf, are the 87 new republican house freshman who may say -- who may not have been thr
he treats women and the way women are treated in italian society. >>> president barack obama unveils his any federal budget tomorrow. most of the details are still under wraps, but the white house says it will cut deficits by $1.1 thrill onover the next ten years. he plans a five-year freeze on nonsecurity discretionary spending for a savings of $400 billion. he 'also proposing $100 billion in cuts to the pell grant program. we have the full story straight ahead. >>> the head of a grocery store change in the western united states has resigned after being arrested on child prostitution charges. he was ceo of sunflower farmers' market and founded wild oats market which was later sold to whole foods. he's accused of soliciting sexy a girl who identified herself as a minor. police say he drove to a phoenix hotel to have sex. the ultimate buzz killer just hit hugh hefner's playboy mansion. the health department is investigating if the mansion is linked to the illnesses of about 100 people symptoms included fever, violent headaches, and breathing problems. some of the sick have already bee
. going for obama in 2008. then gop mcdonald the following election. in arlington, news4. >>> senator webb is a decorated marine who served in vietnam. he was secretary of the navy under president ronald reagan. he was also a best selling author. >>> in egypt today, thousands continued to gather in cairo's main square. protesters blocked the path to parliament. the expanded protest followed a warning from egypt's vice president that the demonstrations would not be tolerated much longer. mean while they increased security along the road to the palace. protest leaders plan to march on the palace this friday. >>> still to come, lindsay lohan facing a felony because of a necklace. is she headed back to jail? >> she's in court. we'll have the latest after the break. >>> also, a feisty older lady gives robbers a run for their money. >>> more pain at the pump. could you be paying much more for gas if maryland lawmakers get their way? >>> i'm liz crenshaw. the tricks of the trade for valentines brunch. >>> news4 at 5:00 -- >> is just getting started. [ male announcer ] from maryland to the mall an
the obama administration, which is absolutely disheartening to me. i was hoping that the patriot act would get a review first thing when he was elected and there was a democratic majority. in both houses. but that didn't happen. we are just going to have to wait and see it and get the test in the courts, which i am very proud to say is being led by the librarians of this country. host: a court case currently? caller: i am sure it is working its way up. another was a connecticut four, i think they were called, four different librarians in connecticut that got nsl's and fought them. host: can you tell us how it works when the library receives a national security letter? not so many times necessarily but how does it work. caller: an agent will come in with and nsl and they will present it to whomever is at the desk, circulation desk, and, let's say, your library records -- everything you have read and records of all your internet access. that clerk then must turn over whatever is available. now, most automatic purge is simply go back about two weeks. host: the fbi does not have software to ge
into violence. richard engel, nbc news, cairo. >>> back here at home president obama reacted to the news of mubarak's shift of some power with sharp criticism. in a statement the president questioned whether the latest concession is "immediate, meaningful, or sufficient sign of reform." tracie spoths potts is in washington with more on that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. >> lynn, good morning. that speech was a huge disappointment here in the united states, as well. initially, president obama also was hopeful that he would step down and answer the call of these protesters, addressing the u.s. before mubarak's speech, president obama said that we were witnessing history unfold, and after that he said mubarak's failure to step down is not a clear transition in egypt and that it is not immediate, meaningful, or significant. that the country has failed to seize an opportunity here. the big question remains, how much influence does the unite"h states have here? they're walking a tight rope between trying to prevent this stand-off from getting worse and more violent and also not imp
they're fed up with the way he treats women and women treated in italian society. >>> president obama tomorrow unveils the budget for 2012. most is still under wraps but says it will cut def sicits by 1 $1.1 trillion over the next 10 years and reveals a savings of $400 billion, also proposing $100 billion in cuts to the pell grant program. the full story trading ahead. >>> the head of a grocery store chain in the western united states has been arrested on prostitution charges. michael gilliland is accused of solicits sex from a girl who identified herself as a minor. police say he set up a meeting with her online and drove to a phoenix hotel to have sex. >>> the ultimate buzz killer just hit hugh hefner's playboy mansion to see if it is linked to the illnesses of about 100 people. they became sick after attending a fund-raiser, symptoms included fever, violent headaches and breathing problems and some diagnosed with a mild form of legionnaires' disease. >>> boeing has unveiled the latest version of the 747 passenger jet, designed to be quieter and more fuel efficient than previous ver
obama has been quietly petitioning restaurants to rethink their children's menu. consider an average 8-year-old should consume 1,500 calories a day. ruby tuesday's kids' mac and cheese has half a day's calories. applebee's mini cheeseburgers, 720 calories. add kid sized fries and milk, almost a day's calories in a single meal. >> junk food with pepperoni pizzas, cheese everywhere, soda pop in huge cups. that's the way to raise an obese generation of kids. and we're doing a pretty good job of it. >> reporter: sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. >> this comes on the heels of a news a few days ago a doctor saying we feed kids rice cereal too much, that's a bad carbohydrate leading to obesity. lots of advice out there for what not to feed the kids. >> they did poll mothers. they asked mothers what their babies were eating at certain marks of life. a lot of time you think this research doesn't correspond with real kids. this was done with real kids. >> absolutely. this is the one year anniversary of when michelle obama launched her anti-obesity initiative. hopefully we're getting thinner an
's the second anniversary of the obama stimulus plan. the debt has increased. unemployment is still over 9%. the president says the stimulus worked. >> we're now growing again. we've seen 1.3 million jobs added in the private sector since i've been president. >> reporter: meanwhile, the clock is ticking. two weeks until the government could shut down. to prevent that, democrats asked boehner to agree to short-term funding. >> a government shutdown would be a disaster for our nation and for our economy. >> now he's resorting to threats to do that without any negotiation. >> reporter: but the speaker says no deal unless democrats and president obama agree to republican spending cuts. i'm steve handelsman nbc capitol hill. >>> meanwhile, democratic lawmakers have chosen a rather unusual tactic to protest republican plans to all but eliminate union rights for state workers in wisconsin. they fled the state yesterday, reportedly checking into an illinois hotel. majority republicans need just one of the 14 democrats to show up for a quorum, which would allow them to vote on and pass the now stal
, a third of president obama. and when the therapist picked up one of the cards, gabby giffords said, george bush. doctors told us it's a sign not only of speech recovery but also of cognitive recovery. >> cognitive recovery and speech recovery are two separate processes. someone may be able to speak, but the inability to think clearly may become more evident because now the person is speaking, but the person may not make sense. >> reporter: but in gabby giffords' case, she is making sense, a few words at a time. even speaking to her brother-in-law in space telling him, hi, i'm good. and her office said the congresswoman continues to be briefed just as she'd always been. all last week on egypt. convinced that while she can't speak in full sentences, she can understand what's being said. and her mother is he can stamic. "the new york times" reporting in an e-mail sent by giffords' mother about gabby winning a game of tic-tac-toe against one of the nurses adding that she's gone from being kind of a limp noodle to someone that is alert and sits up straight with good postures. music, the newest
: president obama's budget director jack lew left the nation with a surplus. >> i came back ten years later to look at projectionses over $10 trillion over the next ten years. it's enough to break your heart. >> reporter: the national deficit in 2011 and suspected to reach an all-time high of $1.65 trillion. the president's budget would increase spending on research and development, education and transportation. republicans say those are all nonstarters. ron and vinita? >>> america's fighting forces may not be immune to the need for budget cutbacks. the defense secretary says he wants enough money to maintain 9 #,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan. that is despite the obama administration's insistence that it will begin to gradually withdraw force this is july. the 2012 budget requests includes about $118 billion for the wars in iraq and afghanistan. >>> the house has voted to extend three key provision of the patriot act set to expire at the end of the month. the post-9/11 counterterrorism powers include roving wiretapping and seizing business records, plus intelligence surveillance on suspect
'll get rid of you? what is their father thinking right now? and how will he respond to president obama's call for him to leave right away? and what will it all mean for your security? your gas tank? your life? >>> and closer to home, states of emergency. a crisis that hits all of us. where have the jobs gone? we'll ask four cash-strapped governors. do they have a plan to save your house? your schools? your pensions? a special edition of "this week" live from libya starts right now. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. from the heart of gadhafi's strong hold, the libyan capital, tripoli. we're among a small group of journalists who have been invited in. as the gadhafi regime tries to put its stamp now on the unfolding story here. as we try to sort fact from fiction, sometimes fact is so much stranger. who could possibly invent the rants and ravings of leader like the colonel? the defecting air force pilots? the libyan diplomats bursting into tears at the united nations? as they take a stand against their leader of 41 years. the tough new sanctions and gadhaf
's going to vote for barack obama. the administration basically killed the project and went to the air force and said why don't you do it again? guess what, a swing state gets all those jobs. we want to know why america is dysfunctional economically? all you have to do is look at this sleazy story. "the mississippi sun herald" a much different reaction to boeing getting the contract. from the gulf coast, the european-based country competing for the deal was building inii tankers out of alabama. mike? >> "new york post," showç stopper, cbs has canceled the remaining season of "two and a half men" after charlie sheen attacked his employers in a radio show, calling the show's executive producer a clown, among other things. we'll play you that riveting radio interview. >> that is painful. >> you know, richard, we're going to be talking this morning as are a lot of people about the investigation based on "the race" article with the psy-ops. you say this is the story in afghanistan. >> the other story is a distraction. there's rogue generals who maybe go too far, what have you. i don't kn
for hosni mubarak. is he in a coma? we're live in cairo. >>> and back here at home. ax men, president obama's budget cut. now on the chopping block. >>> and the grammy moments you'll be talking about today. surprising performances and who arrives inside an egg. >> good morning, thanks for being with us. egypt is officially under the control of the military today and its leaders are taking steps to tighten their grip. >> and overnight, we heard startling rumors that ousted president my baric is now sick and possibly in a coma. any truth to those health rumors? >> reporter: well, there's been rumors to president mubarak's health for months. well before all of the uprising began in cairo. and president mubarak is in sharm el sheikh, its believed, at his residence, and we can't get anywhere near it. it's been surrounded by guards and getting any information is still impossible. he still has a lot of the cloak and dagger presence in place. impossible to know whether the rumors of the coma are true. >> aaron, what about the military leaders? any changes they've made in terms of will they be trust
and in states like wisconsin. mounting leadership tests for president obama, as the battle lines of the 2012 campaign come into sharper view. this morning, how will the standoff in wisconsin end? and is the fight there with the unions about ideology or shared sacrifice? >> not just about the budget, now and into the future, not just about jobs or workers, this is ultimately about the future of our state. >> my guests, a man at the center of the storm, embattled republican governor, scott walker. >>> also the future of the middle east remains in doubt as libya's brutal dictator cracks down on protesters. >> these actions violate international norms and every stander of common decency. this violence must stop. >> what's next? and has the administration done enough? joining me this morning from the site of such unrest earlier this month, cairo, egypt, the ranking member on the senate armed services committee. republican john mccain. >>> then our political roundtable, what rising oil costs could mean to our own economy. can washington avoid a government shutdown over spending? and the rhetorical
not in the public sector but also in the private sector. >> president obama, vice president biden and this wives are hosting governors from both parties at the white house this hour. michelle obama is peeking at the news confence right now. the state leaders are in washington for the winter meeting, and the governor's budget problems, you can bet, that's top of the agenda. >>> the government shuts down at the end of the week unless congress approves another temporary spending measure. democrats are suggesting they may go along with the republican plan. it would fund the government for two more weeks but cut $4 billion in spending. >>> now to outer space. yes, we even go there. two "discovery" astronauts have just started their first of two space walks. steve bowen and alvin drew plan to be out there for about 6 1/2 hours today doing a bit of maintenance. this is shuttle "discovery's" last vilt to the space station. it is being retired when it comes down. >> jack and jill went up the hill. >> little tommy -- >> hollywood krounded "the king's speech's" the best movie at last night's academy awards
their collective bargaining rights. >>> and president obama says he couldn't be prouder to be a chicagoan. his former chief of staff, that's right, rahm emanuel, will be the city's next mayor. emanuel beat out five challengers with 55% of the vote easily avoiding a runoff. >>> lindsay lohan returns to a los angeles courtroom this hour. a judge may revoke lohan's probation for a drunk driving conviction. he called today's hearing after police charged lohan with shoplifting. now, this is his eighth court appearance in nine months. >> here's your chance to talk back. one of the big stories of the day. moammar gadhafi inspires this question for you. our carol costello, she joins us from d.c. carol, you know, they call him mad dog. i know there are a lot of other words for him, but what do we know about this guy? >> you're right, suzanne, there are other words for him, like delusional, paranoid, completely insane, all used to describe him. after his rambling 90 minute speech, it's easy to understand why so many think gadhafi is daffy. >> translator: our rocket launchers have been provided to bengha
, as for the hypothetical head-to-head match-ups for 2012, voters still prefer president obama over every republican tested. romney comes closest to obama, trailing by 7 points, and 48 to 41%. and, by the way, obama has even wider advantages over sarah palin, newt gingrich and jeb bush and it is too early, though, to see where the numbers will go. >> early but everybody is watching. thank you very much and for fill disclosure now, mike huckabee, newt gingrich, sarah palin and rick santorum are paid fox news contributors. . and it is all badge you can ta in washington, the president giving a preview of his spending plan for 2012 in his weekly address saying he's calling for difficult cuts, to allow necessary spending increases. >> president barack obama: i'm posing we invest in what will do the most to grow the economies in the years to come, job creating investments in road, high speed rail and broadband. means cutting-edge research that holds the promise of creating countless jobs and whole new industries, like clean energy and biotechnology. and, it means improving our schools, and making college more af
that has not happened to this point. and now you understand why president obama has called on libya to stop this incredible violence and is calling on the national interests of the united states saying we need to put sanctions on libya, freeze the assets of the muammar qaddafi family, the three sons and the daughter. and, little did we know, people may have forgotten, the family has a house in new jersey, a house in new jersey. which would be subject. what does that mean? so they would not have access? they would not have access to it and it is frozen? would there be armed guards? >>peter: an order would be attached to the house and it would be padlocked and not be allowed to be an asset of muammar qaddafi or libya. but this is in the wake of some people being critical of the united states' response to libya. the united states is saying, well, we did not want to upthe gun and put our american citizens at risk but we know the united kingdom sent the military vessel to reof my -- to remove their citizens from the country. and the united nations' ambassador was not present from the united stat
farther might the obama administration go to avoid more bloodshed, and a school district votes to fight almost every single teacher, 2,000 and all. drastic situations in the budget war. that and more in "the situation room." >>> right now we're getting new -- a new view into the protests and the violence in libya. several hundred people get off that u.s.-chartered ferry that just docked in malta a little while ago. a chartered aircraft also left libya today bound for turkey with americans on board. stand by for some of the terrifying stories they are now telling all of us. another late development, the united states says it's moving forward with sanctions against moammar gadhafi's regime. the u.s. embassy in libya already has been closed. a defiant gadhafi appearing in tripoli today with crowds that supposedly support him, but witnesses report fierce clashes between security forces and protesters in the libyan capital. the u.n. began a meeting on this just a while ago. one u.n. official says gadhafi's crackdown is escalating, and thousands may have been killed or injured. our correspond
. the showdown now between president obama and congressional republicans over the federal deficit. carol costello is in washington with our talk back question. we remember the government shutdown back in the clinton days. republicans paid for it then because they were in charge. do we really think this could happen again? >> it could happen. the specter of a government shutdown does loom. the republican-led house of representatives passed a budget bill with $61 billion in cuts. the democratic-led senate is sure to reject it. you get the picture. republicans and democrats are in the midst of political warfare again, but at least they don't have to fight in the office. congress is not just taking president's day off but president's week off. but lawmakers assure us they are working the phones. that's fantastic because if congress doesn't reach an agreement by march 4th, the government will shut down. that could mean delays in social security checks, military veterans' checks, issuing passports and nonessential federal workers will not get paid. in a bit of political gamesmanship, barbara boxer and
clings to power. hundreds of americans, meantime, trying to flee the nation, while president obama condemns the brutal attacks on demonstrators. >> suffering and bloodshed is outrageous, and it is unacceptable. >> we will bring you the very latest this morning from tobruk, one of several cities where opponents have taken over. >>> a left wing website gets wisconsin's republican governor to reveal his plan for putting pressure on the big unions. we will hear that tape, and the governor's reaction. >>> and back in the water. one year after seaworld trainer was drowned by a killer whale, the live shows at the parks are finally set to return. but questions remain, even with new rules put into effect. we'll speak with a former trainer about the tragic incident, and what's now being done to ensure their safety. "early" this thursday morning, done to ensure their safety. "early" this thursday morning, february 24th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> and good morning on this thursday. i'm erica hill. >> and i'm chris wragge. we're going to talk this morning about the situation in libya, w
federal taxes and so forth. now, the obama administration has been failed with a dilemma here about whether to defend that part of the law in two lawsuits in connecticut and new york and normally it's the job of the government, of the justice department to defend those laws. but just within the past few minutes, the attorney general eric holder has note fid congress that the justice department is not going to defend those laws anymore because it has concluded with the support of the president that the law is unconstitutional. that means that the government will not defend it. they will no longer defend that part of the law and they've told congress -- members of congress that passed the law if you want to defend it in court, that's up to you. you members of congress can go become a party in these lawsuits and defend it if you want but we're not going to defend it. now, as a legal matter, obviously, the defense of marriage act is still a law. it's still on the books. the justice department says the government will continue to observe it. it's not going to just suddenly stop observing
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